Worst Trend in All of Hollywood?

h/t: Politico Playbook:

DESSERT – Reuters, “Budget-conscious Hollywood in grip of remake fever: The impressive opening of ‘Fast & Furious’ during the weekend not only proves there’s gas in that franchise, it also gives fuel to Hollywood’s obsession with movies based on other movies. Studios have been remaking movies pretty much since they began making them, but during the past year and particularly the past few months, the remake machine has gone into overdrive. The 1980s have turned into a full-fledged garage sale of titles. ‘Romancing the Stone,’ ‘Footloose,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Dune,’ ‘The Karate Kid,’ ‘Red Dawn,’ ‘RoboCop,’ ‘The Big Chill,’ ‘Arthur,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The NeverEnding Story’ are but a few of the titles from that decade being developed in Hollywood. … Producers say it is now common for them to check lists of hits from another decade to see what might be easiest legally and creatively to package and set up at a studio. … Development executives say it’s now routine for anyone who ever had a branded property to explore big-screen possibilities. … Part of the strip mining of the recent past is generational: Film executives want to play with properties that had an impact on them as youngsters. … Underlying these reasons, it’s the recession and, by extension, nervousness that’s driving the trend. With fewer projects on tap, studio executives would rather go with safer bets — and a remake is perceived as safer, even if the movie turns out to be less than a sure thing at the box office.”

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9 Responses to “Worst Trend in All of Hollywood?”

  1. evil r + b guy Says:

    I wonder who is starring in the Red Dawn re-make, and what the premise is.

  2. ky'all Says:

    I’m trying to think of what remakes worked for me…
    There ain’t many.

    The Man Who Knew Too Much
    The Hills Have Eyes
    The Ring
    The Fly
    The Departed
    The Thing
    Blow Out (more inspired than an actual remake)

    Yep, that’s about it. And how many remakes are happening this year alone?

    Blah.

    P.S. Lots of “The”s, eh?

  3. schmi Says:

    Zac Efron will star in 7 of the 11 mentioned remakes.

    Kyle, what about the Funny Games remake?

  4. ky'all Says:

    Still haven’t seen either of the Funny Games movies, but I really like Haneke’s “Cache.”

  5. juan Says:

    I personally would be willing to accept a trilogy directed by Michael Mann to breathe life into The Police Academy franchise.

  6. nuge Says:

    If they ever remake Smokey and the Bandit somebody’s gonna get cut.

  7. Dacia Panama Says:

    I hope you would not have reservations if I put up a part of this on my univeristy blog?

  8. K'yall Says:

    Dacia,
    In Lexdexter’s absence, I give you full permission to do what you please with this post.


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